Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sad news today.

Rick received a call from his parents today that his Grandma Raveling had passed away during her sleep. She has been in poor health for quite some time. It wasn't unexpected news. But we are of course still very sad.

We aren't sure if she really knew or remembered us on our most recent attempts to visit her, but she still had a presence to her. We were talking about her yesterday as we hung felt Snoopy Christmas ornaments on the tree that had been made by her. I haven't been a good historian of all the facts of her life. I gather that is what this coming week will entail. Hearing the stories and memories of her past by those that knew her and loved her. I hope to be able to share some of these. I will leave you with these, the first is a pictue of Grandpa Harold and Grandma Ethelyn sitting on the couch with either their son Don or Dale sitting with them. Oops, I knew I'd get something mixed up but Rick really wanted these posted right away. The first pictures are of Rick's GREAT Grandma and Grandpa, Minnie and John. Thank you for setting me straight! Notice the sock monkey sitting on the back of the sofa!



This next photo is of Grandpa Harold on a tractor on the farm in Valley City. Rick spent summers on the farm in North Dakota and has so many fond memories of his time there.



There are a few more that I will get some more info for and post later. This last one must have been on one of their trips. Thank you, Dale, for providing us with these photos. Rick's mom and dad are returning from a trip to visit Rick's brother and family in their new home in South Carolina. More later.

9 comments:

  1. Vicky, that was such a great post and tribute. We really enjoyed the pictures.

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  2. That is too bad. Rick is lucky to be able to have had her in his life as long as he did. But, losing someone is never an easy thing. What a beautiful tribute!

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  3. Westrafam, I've heard Dale had hundreds that Rick hasn't even seen before. And I already goofed! Thats Minnie and John in the first photo... Jim just called to tell me!

    Bonnie, thank you. How was baptism?

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  4. I'm so sorry about his grandma... I've found that no matter how good and long of a life someone has had, it still hurts just as much to lose them. I love the photos... there is something so special about passing on the legacy of the past. I'd love to see/hear more if you have them.

    Please give Rick my sympathy and I'll be thinking about you all this week!

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  5. Sara, I will pass along your kind words to Rick and I know he will appreciate them. I have some great older photos to share, I just need to figure out what the heck I'm talking about first : )

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  6. I'm so sorry Vicky. Please tell Rick my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I love the pictures. Post more and more info. on her precious life...

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  7. Thank you Robin. I hope to do more soon. So glad you came by!

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  8. I am so sorry to hear the news about Rick's Grandma -- I know how hard it is to lose one's Grandma. Please tell him my thoughts are with him as well as all of you.

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  9. Thanks K, Christmas will be a new experience for both of us, won't it? Thanks goodness we have the kiddos to focus on!

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